It’s so easy to follow “a formula.” Formulas work. They are designed as a template of success that can be repeated if the steps are followed correctly. But formula isn’t always the answer. Rules and books on writing technique are wonderful for guidance–to help you fix a problem or steer you on the right path to developing a story that sells. But sometimes books on formula take away from the idea of originality. It levels the playing field, blocking one’s ability to elevate the story into something more than what’s already been done before. Don’t get me wrong, there are only so many emotions one can convey, only so many dimensions to the human soul, but the following discussion by JJ Abrams hones in on the danger of following the wrong type of formula. He put it best when he said Jaws isn’t just about the shark. Enjoy…
-Written by: #CorinaMarie
(Corina Marie Zurcher is an actress, producer and screenwriter.)
JJ Abrams talks about his inspiration and storytelling process.